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Conquest Chronicles: USC Basketball: Lottery Destinations for Kevin Porter Jr.
This past season, Kevin Porter Jr showed flashes that justified his status as a projected first round pick and his high school pedigree. Porter Jr never produced at a consistent level, playing only 21 games in the season with averages of 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. After missing the start of the season to injury, he faced a mysterious suspension in the middle of the season for a still-unknown reason, and never put it together when he did take the floor. He was an imperfect fit in the Trojan offense, taking tough isolation jumpers outside of scheme.
Conquest Chronicles: USC Basketball: Guard Derryck Thornton to reportedly transfer
The USC Trojans will be without another key player next season due to transfer. Trojans point guard Derryck Thornton will leave the program as a grad transfer per CBS Sports Jon Rothstien.
Sources: USC's Derryck Thornton will graduate and be eligible immediately as a transfer. Started his college career at Duke.-- Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 10, 2019
Thornton transferred to USC back in 2016 after spending his freshman season at Duke. The junior will be eligible to play right away as a grad transfer. Thornton will be the fourth player to transfer out of the USC basketball program.
LA Times: Derryck Thornton plans to leave USC's basketball program as graduate transfer
The USC men's basketball team will break in a new starting point guard next season, as the Trojans will lose as a graduate transfer, coach Andy Enfield told The Times on Friday.
In his first year starting for the Trojans, Thornton averaged 7.7 points and 4.3 assists in 27.8 minutes, as USC finished 16-17 and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Thornton struggled with inconsistency and decision-making as a floor leader, and by the end of the season it appeared that Elijah Weaver was gaining momentum as the program's future point guard.
Fansided: USC basketball: Derryck Thornton to leave as graduate transfer
Derryck Thornton transferred into USC basketball, and now he's transferring out.
The redshirt senior guard is expected to leave the Trojans as a graduate transfer, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and Jeff Borzello of ESPN reported on Friday morning.
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Thornton joins J'Raan Brooks and Victor Uyaelunmo on the transfer block for USC this year. His decision to transfer isn't exactly surprising given developments on the basketball roster this year.
The Trojans have added three transfers, including two graduate transfers who will be eligible to play immediately.
LA Times: UCLA sweeps USC to win NCAA women's beach volleyball title
In the sixth meeting of the year between the rivals, UCLA did not lose a set in a 3-0 victory that gave the Bruins their second NCAA championship in a row.
UCLA and USC spent most of the season as the top-ranked teams in the nation. The Bruins finished at 35-3, their only losses coming to the Trojans. USC (32-6) lost its first two matches against UCLA before winning three in a row, including two last week in the Pac-12 Conference tournament.
The Pac-12 championship earned the Trojans the top seed at the NCAA tournament. USC lost its first match, to eighth-seeded Stetson, forcing the Trojans to win four elimination matches over three days to reach the title game.
ESPN.com: The sour science driving James Harden's vexing genius
The Houston Rockets deserve a massive amount of credit for uncovering and implementing the most analytically correct strategies in professional basketball. Whether it's their shot selection or offensive design, the team has aligned its on-court behaviors with the game's most efficient actions. However, as Houston continues to chase the efficiency dragon farther down the trail, it's worth asking: Is this endless quest for efficiency good for basketball?
From an analytical perspective, the trio of GM Daryl Morey, head coach Mike D'Antoni and superstar James Harden have coalesced to form the shrewdest offense in the NBA.
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Fansided: USC Basketball: De'Anthony Melton "never received a penny" per testimony
De'Anthony Melton was held out of action during his sophomore year with USC basketball...for nothing.
That's at least what Christian Dawkins, the aspiring sports manager who is facing bribery charges for allegedly paying college coaches and players to influence them to become future clients, testified to on Wednesday in federal court.
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Nathan Fenno of the LA Times outlined the juiciest details of the testimony, including wire taps which may point to involvement from Arizona head coach Sean Miller in the scheme.
LA Times: USC announces five-year deal with 790 AM to broadcast football and basketball games
The school announced Wednesday that it has signed a five-year agreement with 790 AM. According to a news release, USC games also will be available via live stream on KABC.com and on the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM satellite radio. The "Trojans Live" Monday night show featuring coaches and athletes will also be on 790.
"We are very excited to be partnering with KABC to bring our football and men's basketball game radio broadcasts to all of our fans throughout Southern California," USC athletic director Lynn Swann said in a statement. "This is a wonderful pairing of organizations with long and strong traditions of success.
LA Times: UCLA and USC will play 20 Pac-12 games in 2020-21 as part of scheduling shift
The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday that it will increase from 18 to 20 the number of conference games that each of its men's basketball teams will play starting with the 2020-21 season.
The move is intended to improve the teams' strength of schedule and better position them for NCAA tournament bids. Only three Pac-12 teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons.
The scheduling change will also increase the likelihood that marquee matchups such as UCLA-Arizona will be held twice per season; the rivals met only once in each of the last two seasons as part of the Pac-12's unbalanced schedule.
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Conquest Chronicles: San Jose State Guard Noah Baumann to transfer to USC Basketball
USC adds another transfer to it's roster as San Jose State guard Noah Baumann announces that he will play for the Trojans basketball team on Tuesday afternoon. His announcement came via Baumann's twitter account.
Baumann comes in following his sophomore season with the Spartans and will likely have to sit out the upcoming season due to the NCAA transfer rules, however he gives the Trojans more depth at the guard position.
The 6'5 guard out of Pheonix, Arizona came to San Jose State as a two star prospect in the 2017 class. Baumann is coming off an outstanding sophomore season where he was second on the team in scoring with 10.
Fansided: Daniel Utomi commits USC basketball as transfer from Akron
USC basketball sure is loading up on transfers.
On Tuesday, just hours after the Trojans received a commitment from San Jose State's Noah Baumann, Akron grad transfer Daniel Utomi announced his pledge as well.
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"Let em talk," Utomi tweeted along with a graphic depicting him ripping away his Akron jersey to reveal a USC jersey underneath.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing was an All-MAC honorable mention in each of the last two seasons while averaging 16.7 and 14.2 points per game. As a redshirt junior, he also pitched in 5.
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